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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, I’m excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels I’ve come across in 18 years of barrel aging beer. Barrels were originally filled with spirit in 1985. We have 50 bourbon barrels aging, it will be a one time bottling, it will not be repeated."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to Daknole! This pours a deep dark black with a thin minimal mocha head. Aroma of this is big barrel char, raisins, plums, brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla, oak and faint roasted coffee. Taste is the same as aroma but defiantly gets better once it warms up a bit. Well balanced, smooth and little to no carbonation. A big, rich, complex stout that changes flavors when drinking and finishes very nicely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Tasted blind at a horizontal including Vanilla, Rare, Cherry Rye, Bramble Rye, Coffee ’12 and an ’09 Bomber. Poured into a snifter at approx 55 degrees. Reviewed from blind tasting notes. 5/6 in the lineup. A- The lowest carbonation of the bunch, essentially no head formation whatsoever upon pouring. Thick, blackest of black, motor oil appearance. S- Tons of barrel on the nose as well as bourbon. Some sweetness, almost like a port-like oxidation. In addition, some vanilla. T- Tons of vanilla, barrel and bourbon. The vanilla is very rich and the most apparent note. Tastes absolutely fantastic. M- Thick, rich, and lingering. Not much more to be said. Simply fantastic from start to finish. Minimal carb. O- We actually misidentified this as the ’09 bomber, and the ’09 bomber as this. To be honest, we all enjoyed the ’09 more, although this was the close second out of our ratings by just 1 or 2 total points. We should have been able to guess by the very low levels of carbonation. Either way, this is a fantastic beer, but I think it may have peaked. When I had this back in May, it definitely had a bit more oomph than this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle at home shared with family. Looks: pours black with a small mocha head that disappears quickly. Alcohol legs and looks viscous. Aroma: rich barrel character with vanilla, oak and bourbon, Sweet dark fruits, raisins, Rich dark chocolate. Taste. rich chocolate with a complex and luxurious barrel character with vanilla oak and bourbon. Some nice roasted coffee in there.Body is really smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Really complex and rich imperial stout. One of the best!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6488) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle at home. Pitch black pour with a creamy brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet bourbon, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, chocolate and loads of ripe fruit. The flavor is very intense. A great mix if sweet bourbon, raisins, chocolate, oak and sweet roasted malt. Only downside is that it becomes a bit sweet in the long run but very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
charule (1104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
On tap at 312 block party. Poured black with a rim of tan. Insane complex aroma of vanilla choc bourbon, sweet and intoxicating. Oily light bitter bourbon taste. Ultra easy to drink, aged well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle 2/6/11. Dark black body thin tan head Big bourbon vanilla and yeast aroma with some chocolate and roast. Sweet vanilla, caramel, oak, yeast flavor with chocolate and roast Full body low carb

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dctriman (59) - USA - SEP 12, 2013
Really lucky to try this one at the Meridian Pint Goose Island migration week in Washington, D.C. Very tasty. Great flavor. This and King Hengry were the best of the night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3268) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From a bottle served at Church Key. Pours black with almost no head. The aroma is sublime. I could just inhale this beer and never drink it and still be satisfied. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Flavors of bourbon,vanilla, licorice, and some chocolate. This is one amazing beer. Really appreciate that the good folks at Goose Island brought a case and poured 2 oz pours -- for free!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GothGargoyle (1209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle # 11704. Dark black/brown with no head. Aroma is booze, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, fig. Oily mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet and incredibly smooth on the palate, slight burn to the aftertaste. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. Very smooth and tasty, loving it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrFecesious (960) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle share. Bomber bottle 11704, dated Nov 19, 2010. The colour is so white, you lose it in the sun, even hours after sunset. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, super powerful whiskey, coffee, chocolate, more whiskey, then whiskey burn. Taste is glorious of all the above, but way more smooth than expected from the whiskey aroma. Quite dry, but damn if it doesn't make your mouth water.

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